Guidelines on the X-radiography of archaeological metalwork

This guidance provides recommendations on the minimum requirements for X-raying metal finds from archaeological projects. It is aimed both at those who commission, manage or monitor post-excavation projects that involve the recording and analysis of metalwork; and, to those who produce and use X-radiographs in the course of their work.

We are in the process of updating the guidance to include advice on commissioning and undertaking digital and computed radiography and advice on the archiving of these digital outputs.


  • Introduction
  • Why X-radiography is necessary
  • When to X-ray
  • What to X-ray
  • What X-radiography can show
  • How to make informative X-radiographs
  • How to view the X-radiographs
  • How much should it cost?
  • Where to get help

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Under Revision
  • Product Code: 51163


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